CSC-Snakes of the United States mission, Project Noah weekly report 03/22/2013
Greetings Snake Lovers,
Spring has officially launched (on a rather cold note here in Tennessee) and the snakes will soon be moving from their hibernaculums to their summer habitat. I can think of very few activities that are as fun as getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine and wildlife! The spring CSC- Project Noah snake count will be here before we know it. Plan your trips and brush up on your species lists. Project Noah is a good place to test your identification skills.
This week at Project Noah, the Snakes of the United States – Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) mission has had an addition of 50 new spottings bringing the total number of snake spottings to 1,440. We added 24 new members to the mission, bringing the total to 655 users. Thank you to everyone who has joined, shared the site and is contributing to this important mission!
The Project Noah: CSC-Snakes of the United States Mission Spotting of the week is this lovely Eastern kingsnake spotted by ZebulonHoover!:
Snakebite is extremely rare in the United States. And death from snakebite in the U.S. is even rarer. Of the 50,000 deaths that occur worldwide each year, only about 12-15 of those occur in the U.S. The top five states in which you are most likely to die from snakebite are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Alabama.
8,000-10,000 snakebites are reported annually in the United States.
Only 12-15 deaths occur each year in the United States, putting your chances of survival at roughly 499 out 500.
Approximately 3000 of these bites are classed as illegitimate, meaning the victim was handling or molesting the snake when the bite occurred.
85% of bites are below the knee.
50% of bites are ‘dry’ bites where the snake has not injected any venom. Snakes can control the amount of venom they inject. They need their venom to subdue prey, and they do not prey upon humans. In fact, it is the humans who prey upon the snakes.